4th person charged in connection with shooting at CrossIron Mills

Emergency crews respond to reports of shots fired at CrossIron Mills shopping centre on Monday, Sept. 16, 2019. Global News

A little more than two weeks after charges were laid against three people in connection with a brazen shooting at a shopping centre north of Calgary, RCMP said Wednesday that a fourth person had been charged.

Michael Keith Caseley, 42, has been charged with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Police said an arrest warrant was issued for Caseley on Nov. 14 and that he was arrested on Nov. 25 in downtown Edmonton.

Earlier this month, 25-year-old Dakota Brandon Bolton, 35-year-old Carl James Schuyler and 37-year-old Jari Erkki Manner were charged with numerous offences — including attempted murder — in connection with the late summer shooting at CrossIron Mills near Balzac, Alta.

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On the evening of Sept. 16, police responded to a report of an active shooter at the mall and they later determined a shooting occurred in the parking lot near the food court. A man was seriously injured in the incident.

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According to police, when Caseley arrested, he had been found with three other men, none of whom were wanted in relation to the mall shooting.

Eighty-one charges have been laid against Caseley, Alan Ray McAbee, 39, and Jusin Cecil Scott, 34.

The three are facing charges related to stolen property and firearms.

Staff Sgt. Gary Hollender said police believe the men may have been involved in what he described as being “prolific” rural crime.

Hollender said the men have worked in the Calgary area even though they were arrested in Edmonton. He said there are pending investigations in rural areas between the two cities, though he didn’t specify where.

Police allege the three accused were in possession of a stolen vehicle when they were arrested. Inside, officers said they found “a significant quantity” of cash, a substance believed to be meth, three loaded handguns, break-and-enter tools and a number of stolen and/or fraudulently obtained identification and credit cards and other property.

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The three remain in custody and are scheduled to be in court in Edmonton on Dec. 9. Caseley is also scheduled to be in court in Airdrie on Dec. 11.

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